Army Grabs Sixth Straight Star With Win Over Navy
from Press Release
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Balanced scoring and a staunch defense propelled 18th-ranked Army to a 14-7 win over service academy rival Navy in front of 10,774 spectators on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium. The rivalry played out live on CBS Sports Network, as the Black Knights extended their current win streak to four games, defeated Navy for an unprecedented sixth game in a row to secure the annual "star," and sent the Class of 2014 out with a victory on Senior Day.
Nine different Army (8-3, 6-1 Patriot League) players scored goals in the victory, which clinched the second seed and Patriot League Tournament first-round bye for the Black Knights with one regular-season Patriot League game remaining. Army travels to Colgate for 7 p.m. affair on Friday, April 18. Top-ranked Loyola will host the semifinals and championship games on April 25 and 27, respectively, in Baltimore, Md.
"We look at Army-Navy as a season in itself, and we accomplished one of our season goals today," said ninth-year Army head coach Joe Alberici. "I'm so proud of our guys, especially our seniors. Today was a tremendous team effort. Navy is a resilient, tough bunch, but we seemed to have an answer every time they tried to get a run going.
"I was extremely pleased with how we played in the 6-on-6 game, but was a bit beside myself with how we let Navy's transition get going," Alberici added. "We certainly have room to grow and can't wait to get back after it next week."
Sophomore attackman Connor Cook registered a career-high six points (3G, 3A) and his second career hat trick to lead all players. Junior John Glesener and sophomore Will Mazzone totaled three and two goals, respectively, as Army's attack exploded for eight goals on the day. For Glesener, it marked his 12th career hat trick.
Middies Jimbo Moore, Alex Newsome, Gunnar Miller, Shea Mullins and Will O'Donnell netted single goals, along with junior long pole Michael Larrabee. Glesener, Moore, David Tarsa, Alex Carros and Alex Dalyeach tallied one assist in the victory.
Earning his second career start, senior net minder Bobby Sincero made eight saves, including a game-high three in the fourth quarter to earn his second career victory and first of the season.
"Bobby (Sincero) has the perfect temperament for this game," Alberici noted. "He's an athletic, capable goalie, and I'm so happy for him today."
Army outshot Navy 40-26 and held a 30-25 advantage in ground balls. Daly won 14-of-25 face-offs and topped the home team with six ground balls. Sincero added four GBs, while senior close defenseman Pat Hart totaled three. Hart paced the Black Knights' defense with two caused turnovers.
Navy (4-7, 3-5) senior attackman Sam Jones led the Mids with two goals and an assist for three points.
It was déjà vu to open the game as Daly hit Glesener for a goal six seconds into the contest, exactly what had happened to start the 2013 game. The Mids wasted little time retaliating, however, as Jones scored on Sincero's doorstep at 14:03. The Black Knights answered with five-straight goals, spanning the first and second quarters to go ahead 6-1 with 5:34 left in the opening half. Among those goals were tallies from Mazzone, Cook, Newsome, Mullins and O'Donnell. Mazzone got things going with seven minutes left in the first quarter with Army's only man-up score of the afternoon. O'Donnell caught Tarsa's pass on the run to cap the surge at the 5:34 mark of the second. Navy scored two of the final three goals of the half, including the final with 10 seconds to go, to pull within 7-3 at intermission.
The Mids cut the deficit to 7-4 with the first goal of the third quarter, a Tucker Hull tally at the 13:39 mark. The Black Knights answered with four of the ensuing five goals, once again from four different players, during a decisive run that resulted in an 11-5 lead. Navy would get no closer than three the rest of the way, while the final seven-goal margin marked the largest lead of the contest.
Army visits Patriot League foe Colgate next Friday under the lights at Andy Kerry Stadium. Fans can follow the game live online free of charge on Patriot League Network. In addition, live statistics will be made available. To access both links, visit the lacrosse schedule page of goARMYsports.com. Periodic scoring updates will be posted to @Army_Lacrosse on Twitter.
Game Notes: John Glesener stretched his point-scoring streak to 26 games ... senior close defenseman John Burk led the team out of the tunnel with the American flag ... new Army head football coach Jeff Monken joined CBS Sports Network as a halftime guest ... Army paid tribute to the program's 1959 and 1969 national championship teams with a halftime presentation ... 1959 All-American Don Tillar and 1969 team captain Darby Boyle participated in a ceremonial coin toss ... 10,774 marked the largest Michie Stadium crowd of the year ... Glesener's goal, from Daly, six seconds into the contest tied the program record for the fastest goal to start a game ... Army honored seniors Alex Brammer (student assistant coach), John Burk, Zeric Butters, Alex Carros, Kevin Epp, Nate Gustafson, Pat Hart, Nick Isnardi, Tyler Kamide, Bobby Sincero and David Tarsa and their families as a part of Senior Day.
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